Monday, February 20, 2017

CURRENTLY CREASING №5



C U R R E N T L Y   C R E A S I N G
A collection of weekly reads to guide you through your days . . .

1 | A portrayal of our state through paintings
2 | The secret to ageing less, combatting headaches, and reducing tension lies in your lips . . .
3 | On mistakes in a moment's time
5 | A recipe for the road
6 | A story on how apparently nobody cares how hard you work
7 | The book I can't wait to receive in the mail

the T H O U G H T  o f  t h e  w e e k

"'Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh,
when we were underneath it?'
'Supposing it didn't,' said Pooh after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.'"

—A. A. MILNE, WINNIE THE POOH

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SPIRITUAL SMACK: BETTER THAN YOURSELF


S P I R I T U A L   S M A C K  |  B E T T E R   T H A N   Y O U R S E L F

On the dawn of the New Year, I strolled through the streets of New Orleans. Pavements wet with one-more-shots of alcohol consumed by those now with eyes shut in hazy dreams of the new. A new year to summon a different self, but to precede what or whom? 

At the end of a year and even at the two month mark still, many of us feel awash. Events in and outside of our realm—from our period to politics—tumble us. The end of the year seems like we have been coughed up by the sea with the beginning of the year spent cleaning sand out of our hair and tasting the muck of a year past. 

From here, the view of those sailing past seamlessly is an alluring sight. Some find the gust for their resolutions more easily than others, and that is what I pondered when I walked past the Faulkner House on New Year's Day. 

May we remember in reverence that everyone has less than gentle rides on their own current.
—@thirlby
On being, Faulkner claimed that we shouldn't "bother just to be better than [our] contemporaries or predecessors" but to be better than ourselves. 

Rather than gazing at and comparing ourselves with others who are apparently having a fine sail day, may we shift the gaze towards what is ebbing within ourselves. May we remember in reverence that they, too, have less than gentle rides on their own current. May we find comfort in that despite our varying distant locations, we are all in the same sea. Perhaps afloat today; sunken and tasting the waters of a sour tomorrow; yet still onward. 

May we remember that as we lie on the shores of ourselves that these are our waters. The sails of comparison drifting by are billowing with our own huff-and-puff of inner dialogues. May we release others away from our path. Sand shaken off, may we dip our toes in looking at all the directions our selves can spread out when the horizon is empty and water is warm . . .

Monday, February 13, 2017

BEAUTY BITES: HEART BEET COOKIES


B E A U T Y   B I T E S  |  H E A R T   B E E T   C O O K I E S
Beet-tinted sweetheart cookies that necessitated an appropriate pun to lighten the mood on an otherwise Capitalism-driven holiday. Do as I do this year by creating instead of buying & donating the money on would-have-been gifts to a worthy cause that increases love in this world—I chose ACLU & Planned Parenthood . . .


I N G R E D I E N T S 
Cookies
Paleo / Vegan / Gluten-free / Egg-free 
Refined-sugar free / Soy-free
Recipe №1
1.5 cups Almond Flour
2 tablespoons Lakanto Syrup
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 tablespoons beet juice*
1/4 teaspoon Pink Salt*
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
*from boiling one beet

Recipe №2, to use the boiled beet
2/3 cup Arrowroot Flour
1/3 cup Coconut Flour
1/3 cup puréed boiled beet
1/3 cup Lakanto Syrup
1 medium pasture-raised egg
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon Pink Salt*
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Coconut Butter & Tocos Icing
1/4 cup Coconut Butter
1 tablespoon Tocos



D I R E C T I O N S
Heart Beet Cookies

Recipe №1
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and coat a cookie sheet with coconut oil or ghee.
  2. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and scoop out tablespoon-sized cookies onto the sheet. Alternatively, you could coat the dough and a slab with cassava or arrowroot flour to thicken the dough then cut into appropriate shapes with a cookie cutter.
  3. Flatten the cookies slightly if not rolled as above.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Let cool on a rack and serve to yourself, your sweetheart, or friend!
Recipe №2
  1. In a food processor or high speed blender, mix the wet ingredients together.
  2. Add the dry ingredients into a dough then refrigerate for an hour.
  3. When the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and coat a cookie sheet with coconut oil or ghee.
  4. Either roll the dough out to cut into shapes or press tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes and cool on rack before serving.
Tocos Icing
  1. Soften the coconut butter by placing the jar in a warm water.
  2. Scoop out 1/4 cup of liquid coconut butter and mix it with a tablespoon of Tocos to drizzle over the cookies.
As previously mentioned in my plum cake recipe, I recommend the Tocos-incorporated version for many reasons, including: the addition of creaminess and flavour reminiscent of vanilla ice cream; a bio-available beauty elixir source of tissue-regenerating vitamins E & D; and facilitation of proper muscle function.